Saturday, August 13, 2016
Saturday, March 26, 2016
1973 press pic of the Park N Shop area of Wilkinson Blvd --- note the Burger Chef sign! The abandoned Park N Shop building still exists, but only trace of the Burger Chef building is long gone.
Of note is that the Burger Chef building on Shamrock Dr (off of Eastway) is still alive and beautifully restored! The above two pictures were taken about a year ago -- the building is now home to a cell phone store.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Some great late-50's pictures of Harrill's Bar-B-Q (top 2) and the Ivey's Soda Shop (bottom picture):
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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Most likely Charlotte's first food truck, "The Dining Car" was in operation in the early '80's and was owned by then-teenager Charles Denny. A one-man show, Charles was the owner, the driver, and the cook. Specializing solely in hot dogs, choices included the "Bo Derek" (practically nothing on it) to the "Gourmet Frank" (chili, slaw, and cheese).
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Sunday, October 4, 2015
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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Fat Tuesday's was an early forerunner in the revitalization of downtown Charlotte. Opened in the late '80's, it was located at the City Fair shopping complex. Famous for their colorful wall of frozen drinks, Fat Tuesday's was initially a huge hit. Both City Fair and Fat Tuesday's would both close in the early '90's, victims of being too early in the downtown resurgence.
Photo is from 1989 - courtesy the Clt Obs archives.
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Amazing shot of the Silver Grill at Charlottetown Mall. The Silver Grill was operated by the S & W Cafeteria which was directly upstairs.
Click here for the original S & W Cafeteria post.
Photos courtesy The Clt Obs archives
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
My aunt and uncle stayed at the Heart of Charlotte Motor Inn on August 3rd, 1963 on their wedding night. See below for the awesome breakfast menu as well as the stationary they saved.
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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Bob and Karen Smoots - 1984
1985 ad for the side catering business
Eli's on East opened at 311 East Blvd in August of 1981 by owners Bob and Karen Smoots. Bob Smoots had worked through the late '60's and early '70's as director of food service for the Stuckey's Restaurant chain and spent the latter part of the '70's as a partner of Saucy Crepe restaurants (which had two popular locations in Charlotte) before he and his wife opened Eli's.
Located in a two-story house built in 1910, the restaurant had kept the original fireplaces, moldings, and beveled glass on the front mirror and flooring. The restaurant had three separate and intimate dining rooms, an attractive Casablanca-type bar, and a glassed-in-lattice-work porch with hanging ferns. Eli's Southern gourmet menu was famous for their Sunday brunches (an oddity in Charlotte during the '80's), steak au poivre, Cobb salads, and especially their homemade peanut butter pie.
The Smoots would own Eli's until May 1986 when they sold to Stuart Smith (who also owned Barley & Rye at the time). Eli's would eventually close in 1990.
The classic turn-of-the-century house has been to home to several restaurants since then - Rumpleman's (1991-94), Castaldi's (opened March 1994), Zanzibar Hardwood Grille (opened Aug 28, 2000), Vittorio's (opened Fall 2001), Giovanni's (opened 2003) and currently, Copper (opened June 2005).
On a side note, the house has been reported as being haunted by several spirits. Novelist Carson McCullers lived there in the late-30's and it was a boarding house for decades. WBTV ran a special on the hauntings at the house in the late-90's. Though no spirits were seen or heard on the special, restaurant workers have reported odd happenings and noises at the house for decades.